F1 links: Trulli still hopes for Toyota drive

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Trulli awaits Toyota’s budget decision (Autosport)

"Although Toyota president John Howett has made it clear several times that he thinks it unlikely the Italian will be retained by the outfit, Trulli has revealed that he has agreed with Toyota's team principal Tadashi Yamashina not to commit to anything else for now."

Head: Hulkenberg will be ‘outstanding’ (ITV-F1)

Webber critical of qualifying safety calls (ITV-F1)

"We’ve learned today when to drive and when not to. They’re not street cars, they’re Formula 1 cars: they’re quick, they’re low to the ground and they go off quick when the conditions go wrong. We’ll make the right decisions tomorrow I’m sure. I’m sure they’ve learned a bit today upstairs."

Motor racing-Shanghai seeks stability amid GP extension talks (Reuters)

"'We are in discussion with F1 to extend beyond 2010,' Leon Sun told Reuters at this week's Shanghai Masters tennis, which the municipality-owned Juss Events also runs. 'Although it's not been so financially successful, it's a great event for the city. We are looking for a different strategy to see how we can cover the costs and one day maybe break even.'"

Campos boosted by major Murcia tie-up (Autosport)

"Campos Grand Prix has received a boost ahead of its step up to Formula 1 next year after announcing a major tie-up with the Spanish Murcia regional government."

Briatore says he will sue FIA (Grandprix.com)

"The principal grounds for this action are: The FIA’s deliberate breach of the rights of the defence FIA including the delay in the issue of the summons; the failure to state the charges in advance;and the lack of access provided to prosecution documents and to the key witness."

"Williams engineering director Patrick Head thinks Nico Hulkenberg has what it takes to be a major star in Formula 1 – but stopped short of confirming that the German would be promoted from test duties to a race seat in 2010."

Ross Brawn points to conservative swing of his champion in waiting (The Guardian)

"There were a couple of races last year when I thought, 'We're very lucky to have Jenson in the team'. Then there were other races where he just didn't feature very strongly. But immediately we gave him this car he stepped up to the plate. He's very happy to be here late on a Friday night doing the work for as long as it takes. He understands the necessity for it. So this year's been very enlightening for me. A lot of the guys here had seen that side of Jenson, but I think two years of struggling with poor equipment had dulled his approach."

Fernando visits the favelas of Pedrera in Sao Paulo for UNICEF (Renault F1)

"In his role as an ambassador for UNICEF, Fernando paid a visit to the favela of Pedrera in Sao Paulo earlier this week. The community there is part of a UNICEF programme designed to help youngsters in deprived urban areas to give them a chance of a better future. While he was there Fernando also played football with some of the kids from the community." Alonso doing good work in Brazil.

For richer, for poorer: clash of cultures on Formula One dividing line (The Times)

"The people of Satellite Garden know and love Felipe Massa, they know Button as “the one with the beard” and they deride Barrichello, or “Rubinho”, as a confirmed loser who should have retired long ago. But, like everywhere else in Brazil, their true hero, their towering inspiration, remains the late, great Ayrton Senna, who is buried just a few miles across the city from their ramshackle homes."

The numbers all add up for Jenson Button, the accountant (Daily Mail)

"In a sport of whiz kids, he is an accountant, without a grand prix victory since June, but on course to cross the line first due to the accumulation of numbers. If he was called Nigel it would all make sense; but Britain had a world champion called Nigel and he was, by comparison, an absolute nutter."

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